Japanese magazine publisher Enterbrain continues to maintain its vigil on Japan's gaming market, and the time has come for their roundup of the gaming scene as 2008 saw it. The games industry in Japan has been in a slump in recent memory thanks to a variety of factors, including external economic ones like a strengthened currency which affected exports.
Enterbrain now reports that total sales for video games in Japan last year saw a year-on-year decline of an estimated 6.9 percent to ¥542,640 million ($5.9 billion USD).
This confirms that business for games in Japan continued to shrink during 2009, though this decline was markedly smaller than the decline reported for 2008. By Enterbrain's reckoning, Japanese hardware sales were hit hardest during 2009, seeing 13.6 percent drop to ¥216,490 million ($2.4 billion USD).
|Platform||Unit Sales||Lifetime-to-date Sales|
Japanese software sales meanwhile dipped 1.8 percent to ¥326,160 million ($3.6 billion USD) during 2009, so the games themselves proved to be quite a bit healthier especially thanks to the launch of Dragon Quest IX. Japan's Dragon Quest love affair requires little introduction, and Dragon Quest IX had proven to be a top performer even by global standards late last year.
Another hit for Japan will be Final Fantasy XIII, which launched at the tail end of 2009. Despite being on the market only for a few weeks during Entertain's reporting period, FFXIII still managed to make the publisher's chart for the top five software launched in 2009.
|1.||Dragon Quest IX||Square Enix||DS||4,100,968|
|2.||Pokemon HeartGold / SoulSilver||Nintendo||DS||3,382,597|
|3.||New Super Mario Bros. Wii||Nintendo||DS||2,485,150|
|5.||Final Fantasy XIII||Square Enix||PS3||1,698,256|